Monday, May 15, 2017

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra welcomes new Executive Director

by Vincent P. de Luise MD
May 15,2017

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has named Robert Cinnante as its new Executive Director, beginning May 3rd, 2017. Mr. Cinnante brings a strong background of experience in arts administration to his role. As Executive Director, Mr. Cinnante will provide leadership and vision, to fulfill the orchestra’s mission and achieve its goals of artistic excellence, financial stability, development, and community engagement.

Robert Cinnante, the new Executive Director
of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Mr. Cinnante hails from Holbrook, Long Island. He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Music - Classical Vocal Performance - from the New England Conservatory (NEC)  in Boston. As an undergraduate at NEC, he trained with the renowned tenor Vinson Cole, and during his Master’s degree years, he coached with Patricia Misslin, best known for her work with soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.
During and after his years at NEC, Mr. Cinnante collaborated with famed violist Kim Kashkashian at Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for hunger relief, where he served as General Manager. He also regularly acts as a consultant to artists and arts organizations, including flutist James Galway, the Formosa String Quartet, the Triple Helix Piano Trio, and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Summer Institute of Music.
Cinnante comes to the WSO from Virginia Opera, a professional opera company with mainstage operations in Richmond, Norfolk and Fairfax, where he served as Statewide Director of Education and Outreach. 
Cinnante is committed to engaging and connecting the greater Waterbury community through music, education and outreach. “The Arts have enriched my life in more ways than I realize, and continue to do so. Therefore, it is my desire to create opportunities for others to enjoy enriching experiences through the Arts,” says Cinnante. 
To this end are the continuation of and support for the long-standing and nationally recognized El Sistema-inspired Bravo Waterbury! string instrument education program, and a new series of five concerts by the WSO during the 2017-2018 season that will be performed in “Great Spaces” throughout the region, in addition to the WSO’s regular season in its home base in the Leever Auditorium at Naugatuck Valley Community College.  These musical excursions will take listeners beyond the concert hall and into venues in Connecticut that represent an artistic collaboration of sound and structure. From historic homes and magnificent churches to art galleries and distilleries, each of these spaces creates a unique bond between artist and audience.
At 28 years of age, Cinnante is arguably the youngest full-time Executive Director of an orchestra in the United States. WSO artistic director and conductor, Maestro Leif Bjaland, is enthusiastic about Mr. Cinnante’s coming on board as Executive Director: “I am absolutely delighted that Robert Cinnante will be joining the WSO family. He has an excellent background in the arts, and is extremely knowledgeable of all genres of music. I believe he will be a tremendous asset to the WSO as well as the entire Waterbury arts community.”

@2017 Vincent P. de Luise MD

1 comment:

  1. Excellent, inspired choice of Executive Director, Waterbury!